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Microsoft Unveils HP Enterprise Pact, New Cloud Software

Microsoft Corp. is courting corporate customers by forging a new collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. as well as upgrading a key software suite for the cloud.

The software giant and HP Enterprise, the corporate-computing company formed by the recent breakup of Hewlett- Packard Co., in 2014 announced a set of joint efforts that included cloud computing services and consulting. Now they're extending their partnership to build offerings based on Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system that target HP Enterprise's corporate customers.

HP Enterprise in October announced plans to wind down its cloud service, known as Helion Public Cloud, that provided raw computing power. But the Palo Alto, Calif., company continues to offer online access to Web-based applications; for example, the company works with Microsoft to offer the popular Office 365 productivity suite, said Chris Moyer, an HP Enterprise vice president.

The new collaboration with HP Enterprise takes advantage of Windows as a service, Microsoft's term for offerings that include automated...